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|June 2004||Rev. Michael L. White, Editor/Publisher|
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A biker is riding a new motorcycle on the highway. While passing a car, he knocks on the window. The driver of the car opens the window, "Yes?"
After directory assistance gave Glenda her boyfriend's new telephone number, she dialed him - and got a woman.
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. I immediately ran over and said "Stop! Don't do it!"
This is a weekly instruction by Rev. Walter Albritton. Visit the Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Conference (AWFUMC) web site to read the most current one. Go to the AWFUMC's archives page to read past issues. To find out more about his inspirational writings and Christian ministry, visit Brother Walter's web site.
I'm a very sentimental and nostaligic person. I don't really want to go back to an earlier time in my life, but I do like to think about how things used to be as contrasted with how they are now, or are about to be. I've been through two big life transitions in the past two-and-one-half months. First, I became a grandfather for the first time when my grand-daughter, MaKenzie, was born in March, and just over a week ago, I became an empty nester, too, when my son, Josh, graduated high school. I don't think it has quite sunk in yet.
I remember when Josh was born. It happened the same way as Amy's birth, our firstborn. Ellen, my wife, had a regularly scheduled doctor's appointment for the days on which both were born. Amy was born two minutes before 3:30 p.m. on a Tuesday, and Josh was born two minutes till 9:00 p.m. on a Thursday. Some coincidence, huh, that they were each born at two minutes before either the top or the bottom of the hour?
I was present in the delivery room for both births, an experience for which I wouldn't trade anything on earth. There's simply nothing as stirring as seeing your own flesh and blood come into the world. Eighteen short years later, that same baby has now graduated high school. For Amy, it was nearly 21 short years after her birth till she was giving birth to her own firstborn.
Although Solomon was technically correct in saying, "There is nothing new under the sun," perhaps, in spite of his great wisdom, he failed to discern that everything is new to everyone when s/he experiences it. Indeed, sometimes it can still feel like new even when re-experienced.
Despite having graduated one child, graduating another was no less new for me. Even though the sun has risen in the eastern sky for thousands of years, each day is a new day, and each experience is a new experience. I can hardly wait for the next transition God has in store for me and, ultimately, for the final transition from this wicked world to one of everlasting joy and peace with Him.
Though I may get a bit misty-eyed and choked up over them, I thank God for all my life's transitions. As I reminisce about becoming and being a father and grandfather, I want to wish all other fathers a very Happy Father's Day!!
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This Issue's Web TipAre you sometimes frustrated by the sheer numbers of web sites to sift through after a search? Well, here's a tip to help narrow your search a little. Try enclosing your search word or phrase in quotes. In fact, using phrases instead of single words will go a long way in narrowing your search. You'll see an immediate reduction in both the numbers and the pertinence of the sites. The reason? Using quotes forces the search engine to list only those web pages with that exact phrase on them. It can make a huge difference.
If you have questions, feel free to email me and I'll do my best to answer them, or, at least, I can refer you to a source that can help you more than I.
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God willing, I'll greet you again next month with another collection of the best of my Internet experience. God bless!!
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